Family Portraits Dos and Don’ts ~ Chas Elliott

For a photographer, skills in family portraits are are essential and are usually  the bread and butter for up and coming photographers. Looking at the history of  photography, one of the first popular uses the camera was not for abstract art,  or photographing the family pet, but for photographing people and their  families. Because of the expense and difficulty of each photo taken, they became  masters at getting things right the first time and being able to fit in as many  people as possible into the frame. In order to hone in on the small things that  make a difference in this classic and often overlooked form of photography, I  have come up with my five DOs and five DONT’s of Family Portraits. I’ve also  included a few examples from portrait sessions we have done.

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